Choosing a Weight Loss Retreat to suit you
Anyone who has ever been on a diet or exercise plan will know just how difficult it can be to stick to. You eat as little as you can manage and you try to squeeze in as much exercise as is possible and the weight starts to shift. Then it sticks, then you get frustrated and stop the eating less and moving more and the weight just seems to pile back on
Even if you do manage to reach your target weight, it can be equally difficult to maintain it.
That is why heath and fitness bootcamps are so popular. They are designed to put you in an environment conducive to successful weight loss, with people facing similar challenges.
There are many different types of weight loss retreats– or bootcamps as they are often known – so making sure you choose the one that is most suitable for you will help you achieve your goals.
At The Body Retreat we offer a range of different retreats to suit you and your lifestyle. We take a holistic approach health, fitness and weight loss, focussing on the ‘Four Pillars of Women Wellness – Mindset, Menu, Movement and Maintenance. You can read more about them here if you like.
So, what do you need to consider when choosing a retreat?
What are you trying to achieve – a quick fix? Or weight loss and maintenance?
What is your goal?
A rapid weight loss where the ends justify the means. You may be happy to only consume juices for several days? Or exercise like a beast in military style bootcamp classes.
Or do you want a programme which will educate you on how to shed weight successfully – and maintain that weight loss?
At The Body Retreat, we offer the latter. We know that old habits are impossible to break and, in some cases, there may be other obstacles to maintaining your weight loss (such as understanding why you reach for that biscuit tin when you get that 3pm slump, or that glass of wine as soon as you walk in the door after a bad day).
On our weight loss retreats for women, losing weight is just one part of the programme. We have a personalised, holistic approach consisting of an equal balance of behaviour exercise and nutrition on all our events.
Our aim is to provide you with a new framework for your life so that you can learn how to shed ht weight that is unnecessary for you and then maintain your weight through a mixture of healthy eating, exercise and new behaviours (such as dealing with stress, or foregoing pick me ups such as caffeine when you are tired).
Big groups – or one-to-one attention?
Do you want one-to-one or one-to-few attention? Do you want or need and environment where you can exercise at your own fitness levels under the expert eye of a trainer? Or are you happy to be part of a large group where you just throw yourself in the deep end and hope you don’t injure yourself because no one is telling you if you are doing a particular exercise correctly?
On all of our retreats, we have small groups so that everyone gets a personalised service. Our groups tend to be a mixture of all levels of fitness, ages, shapes and sizes, and our programmes are tailored to each individual so that they can meet their goals.
What is included in the cost?
You may see some weight loss retreats advertising themselves as cheap – while this is all well and good, do make sure you know what is included in the cost before you sign up.
Some of these so-called “cheap” camps will charge you extra for things like en-suite rooms, towels, snacks and even bottled water!
At our retreats, everything is included. Your food, snacks and drinks will have the emphasis on being healthy while still being tasty and satisfying. Main meals and snacks will ensure that you never go hungry, plus herbal teas and water are on tap!
And all our venues offer clean, luxurious, and (usually) en-suite rooms – no dormitories!
What variety of Activities is available?
If their website details it, check out the sort of activities you’ll be doing to make sure that they:
- are varied, so that you get to try lots of different activities as well as work different muscle groups;
- do not require lots of equipment (meaning that when you go home, you can keep up with the new routines you’ve learnt, without having to join an expensive gym);
- appeal to you – well at least a bit! For example, if running for a bus is the only running you do, suddenly being thrown into lots of 10k runs and very little else won’t make for an enjoyable time at your camp.
For us we love variety so you can expect a varied mix of activities – such as indoor and outdoor based exercise classes and workouts intermixed with sessions on nutrition, workshop activities and low impact exercise such as yoga, pilates, and Nordic walking etc – We think this is ideal, as it meets all the points mentioned above.
Finally, whatever weight loss retreat you decide to attend, don’t forget to check out the credentials of the Team – being in the care of qualified and hopefully experienced people will help you achieve your goals – as well as give you peace of mind.
Choosing the Weight Loss Retreat that is right for you should not be a quick decision, unless you are happy with a quick result that is likely to disappear just as quickly after you return home.
If you would like to chat about how we might be the right retreat for you then CLICK HERE to set up a call back.